- Museum number
Samuel; facing left and sitting on a chair, he holds a book in his right hand. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 173 millimetres (cut along border)
Width: 101 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print belongs to a group of twenty-four 'Prophets' and twelve 'Sibyls' executed in a style called by Hind the 'Broad Manner' and now attributed to Francesco Rosselli; the group is based on the earlier series of the same subject engraved in the 'Fine Manner' by Baccio Baldini (for a discussion of the issue see the entry for Hind C.I.12.B.I: P&D 1845-8-25-400).
The present engraving is the first state of the print, issued before it was reworked; other examples of the first state are in Vienna, Berlin, Boston, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The image is broadly related to Baldini's prophet 'Samuel' (Hind C.I.5.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 171, no. 056); however, Rosselli omitted the elaborate throne and redrew the face of the figure, facing in the opposite direction from its model. This version also varies in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
- Not on display
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